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Ok, many years ago I had a gig as section leader of a musical orchestra. The musical was about the life of Danish composer Jakob Gade and in one of the scenes, the lead character had to do an audition on violin. Of course the actor couldn't actually play violin, so I had to play this incredibly difficult Wienawski caprice, while he faked it on stage. I had a spot mic on me, and it went well every night, except the one night my e string popped right at the most dramatic, virtuoso moment. My immediate response was a loud exclamation of "f__k!" – that of course went straight into the mic. I'll never forget the sound of 2000 or so old ladies gasping in unison!
My most embarassing moment had to be when I was performing Ave Maria on the clarinet as a solo with the piano playing along and in the middle of the piece, I was playing a really high note, so I ran out of air, and I panicked so I let out a loud squeak and I stopped playing and had to start again.
I only played once on stage in a Chinese orchestra for a fund raising event. I played a Chinese zither, which is a big instrument -- 6'L X 8"H X 18"W inches or a little bigger. Two fellow students set it up for me on the stage on a stand where it supposed to be. I did not have to play the first part, so I sat there enjoying looking at the audience, the conductor, etc etc. Then I decided that I probably should check my gear, i.e., my nails and my instrument. I looked down at my instrument (my teacher's, in fact), it looked unfamiliar to me, in fact, strange! Then I realized that the instrument was actually flipped flopped. I looked up, looked at the conductor, looked at my instrument again, I didn't know what to do other than picking it up and turned it around. The conductor's sensed the movement, turned around looked at me, and his eyes widened. My head was burning hot and I was all sweaty. I played the second part like nothing had happened. Interestingly, no body, at least not in my memory, asked me what had happened.
This is a great discussion, such funny stories. Sorry I can't add to it, I've only just begun learning. But ...
One day my partner said 'your violin playing sounds ok' ... and I thought I must really be improving if he'd noticed it . Until I realised he'd turned off his hearing aids ...
If you think you can, or you think you can't, you're probably right.
Well, I just started playing in my high school orchestra, so I haven't done anything embarrassing yet. xD
I did do something funny though. When I got my music, I was shocked at how much music there was to learn. So I told my orchestra teacher that I didn't think I could Handel it.
He thought my pun was pretty funny.
I will never play in an orchestra but I practice in some unequal places. I was practicing under a shelter (to get out of a drizzling rain) in a state park. Someone showed up to do some paper work. I warned him I was a beginner. When I was done I thanked him for not throwing rocks. He said it was entertaining. After I left I wondered if the entertainment was comedic or musical. It really doesn't matter, he was entertained.
In college, I walked in late on a rehearsal with the famous choral conductor Robert Shaw. As I recall I bumbled through the cello section to get to my seat with the violas. They weren't playing when I started walking, but then they started up, so I was dodging bows. I mean, aside from levitation, there was no way I could get to my seat without interrupting a little bit. I was hot and uncomfortable having run across campus to get there as fast as I could. Bear in mind, I had told our regular conductor that I would be about half an hour late. And I wasn't the only one coming in late...there were probably two other girls who had been to the same meeting as me. But, since I was second chair I was right under the conductor's nose, and he decided to pick on me. He stopped everything, paused, looked at me and goes, "Oboe, give the girl an A" gave me what I felt was a smug look, and made me tune up in front of everyone. I actually started to cry a little bit. Ridiculous in hindsight, but there were like 100 members of the chorus in addition to the orchestra and I was so humiliated.
I would have bought him a present to excuse my lateness, but I was Baroque.
I had never played in front of anyone except my wife and daughter. I just thought, I could leave and miss out on a good chance to practice or I could stay and play, I'm never going to see this guy again so why not.
I love playing outside. There is just something about playing in the middle of nature with the fiddle it just seems to fit.
He stopped everything, paused, looked at me and goes, "Oboe, give the girl an A" gave me what I felt was a smug look, and made me tune up in front of everyone. I actually started to cry a little bit. Ridiculous in hindsight, but there were like 100 members of the chorus in addition to the orchestra and I was so humiliated.
Omg, that is terrible. Just reading about it makes me wanna hide under a blanket.
"Why don't you dance to the music I hear inside my head?"
(Kent – Music Non Stop)
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